“It chose me, I didn’t choose it,” says Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers,
in answer to a question about how he came to make a life in dance.
Olivier grew up in Brussels, Belgium. At the age of 6, he saw a ballet on TV and told his parents he wanted to be a dancer. He doesn’t know the details of how a ballet school was found, but he does remember his first class. He was the only boy. Dressed in the long red wool tights he used for skiing, he cried throughout. The teacher sat him up on the piano, and he watched from there. When his parents returned to fetch him,
they were told that he could come back again, but only if there was no more crying.
He did and there wasn’t.
I asked Olivier if he could say what appealed to him about dancing back then. He replied